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Profile of Jogen Chowdhury

Artist and activist Jogen Chowdhury an eminent Indian painter who is also considered to be an important painter of the 21st century was born in a village near Kotaliparha at Faridpur district at what is now Bangladesh in 1939. The family moved to Calcutta in 1947 following the Partition of Bengal. Chowdhury was admitted to the Government College of Art and Craft Calcutta in 1955 wherefrom he graduated by 1960. His first job was as an art teacher in Howrah Zilla School. After two years in 1962, he was employed as Designer in the Handloom Board, Calcutta. In 1965, he went to Paris to study in Ecole des Beaux Arts, in William Hayter’s Atelier 17. Afterwards he spent 5 months in London. His life in erstwhile Calcutta was quite disturbed with a lot of political movements which influences his works. There was corruption of the business class Bengalis; there was the great Bengal famine, the Partition, and the food movement. As far as contemporary art s concerned Mr Chowdhury says aptly that in order to be global “you do not have to do something that is imitative of America, Australia or England. It has to have an authenticity, which is not what blind imitation allows for." Jogen Chowdhury had developed his individual style after his return from Paris. His most famous paintings are in ink, water colour and pastel. He has painted in oil medium as well. Jogen Chowdhury himself is a master of lines and he has mastered to make the curves depict the character of his figures. By careful distortion of the form he imparts the air of caricature in his figures, figures of men and women. The figure is always the most important and conveys all the artist has to express. Colour, he uses though, is to provide matter into the form in a significant way. His recent solo exhibitions include 'A Calligraphy of Touch and Gaze', presented by Kalakriti Art Gallery at ICIA, Mumbai, in 2008; and ‘Abahoman: Flowing Life’ at Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi, in 2007. Chowdhury has also had solo exhibitions at Gajah Gallery, Singapore; Gallerie Foundation for Indian Artists, Amsterdam; and the fine art resource Berlin In 1966, Chowdhury was awarded the Prix le France de la Jeune Peinture in Paris, and, in 1986, received an award at the Second Biennale of Havana, Cuba. He was presented the Kalidas Sanman by the Government of Madhya Pradesh in 2001. The artist lives and works in Santiniketan.

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